Why we love Oxford in winter

If you’re after a retreat from the cold winter weather, why not take part in a thoroughly British tradition and go for afternoon tea at one of Oxford’s many tea rooms. The Drawing Room at the famous Macdonald Randolph Hotel offers a great selection of teas in a wonderfully ornate setting.

  Culture and heritage

Oxford’s historic landmarks are known around the world. The world-famous University of Oxford boasts magnificent architecture, making the city a popular destination for visitors from around the globe.


Don’t miss some of the finest collections of archaeology and anthropology at Pitt Rivers Museum or the University Museum of Natural History. View the Oxford Botanic Garden or take the Oxford Castle Unlocked guided tour.

Walk around the historic grounds.
Take a boat ride on the canal.

  Food and drink.

There are plenty of great places to eat in Oxford, suiting almost all tastes and budgets. For an experience with historical links, head to The Grand Café on the site of England’s first coffee house established in 1651. For fine dining, try the Old Parsonage Hotel, with its links to the famous writer Oscar Wilde.

  Sport and outdoors

Oxford may be known around the world for its university boat race team, but the city has far more to offer in terms of sporting activities. Oxford United is the biggest local football team, but if you’d rather be active yourself, why not hire a bike or a rowing boat and see the city in a different way?

  Music and nightlife

Love live music or fancy a night on the town? Oxford’s a great place to do it. You can catch big name bands and artists at venues like the O2 Academy, or head to the Jericho Tavern where you can enjoy a beer while seeing the next big thing perform.


Created in 1772, Oxford Covered Market offers a lively mix of small shops selling everything from handmade hats and gifts to Oxford sausages. Or for even more choice, try the High Street where you’ll find a wide range of unique boutiques, antique, book and gift shops.

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